Newsletter October 2008

Ekal USA Chicago Event


Sri Shrinarayan Chandak addresses the event

We know it and we are experiencing it that EDUCATION is the gateway to the true liberty, justice, democracy, peace and prosperity. Education is the mother of new ideas, new solutions and new avenues to resolve our problems and opportunities. Equally true is that the BEST we can give to our brothers and sisters is EDUCATION.

Therefore, each of us individually must serve the cause of basic & meaningful education. If we want a peaceful world, then we need a strong India and strong USA. Hence we must make India great by making it politically stable and economically sound. We can not do that without including our tribal & rural brothers and sisters. We must educate them and empower them and must do that now. You! You my friend can make the difference. You can be the change. With your pen, cheque book and the heart – you can honor the pledge card. You can enable 30 children to write their own future. You can make the difference. You can be the change. Let us open our heart to our tribal brothers and sisters. Let us respond to their call.

I am honored to be with you and to talk about giving back to the society. I am proud to say that you are here because you care. Let us give ourselves a big hand.

We are blessed & fortunate. We are educated. Our children are educated. We have received so much from our society in India and here. We now want to give back. We want to give back to our brothers and sisters whom we may have ignored too long. These are 300 million tribals and rurals who had been deprived of education, healthcare, and economic and national opportunities, who have been socially and politically exploited and who could not enjoy their benefits of democracy. You and I, my friends, we will square that account. We will be able to settle that account now. Because we have the Tool, the Vehicle and the Vehicle is Ekal.

Through Ekal Movement, we are now determined to respond to the call from our tribal brothers and sisters.

The more you invest in business, the healthier the business is. So is true with the society. The more you put into the society, the healthier the society is. We have some wonderful Sewa-Service organizations. To name a few: EKAL, INDICORP, Hindu America Foundation and Sewa Int’l. These organizations are global, professional, serving the cause most lean to our heart. Let us join hands with them and make them the BEST WORLD CLASS Organizations.  

 

A Teenager’s Charity


Anjalee Chudgar, aged 10 years, a resident of   Orland Park IL was so overwhelmed by the Ekal USA Chicago Event organized at Palatine Auditorium on  20th Sep, 2008 that she donated $60 to Ekal Vidyalaya by selling some hand made necklaces.

 

Bharat Lok Shiksha Parishad (BLSP) Opens its 5th Chapter


Bharat Lok Shiksha Parishad (BLSP), the partner organization of Ekal Abhiyan is fast gaining momentum to take up the Ekal expansion of Northern India, hence, spreading its base by opening new Chapters in several cities.

The fifth chapter of BLSP has been inaugurated in North-West Delhi on 14th Sep.2008. The opening ceremony was organised in Haryana Maitri Bhawan, Pitampura. This is the Second chapter in Delhi after BLSP Delhi-East which was opened on 20th Jan. 2008.

The function started with Omkar, Gayatri Mantra and Saraswati Vandana sung by Ekal students of Faridabad Anchal.

The function was attended by prominent citizens of North-West Delhi. The organizing Secretary Sri Ramesh Kanodia’s sincere efforts yielded good results and on the opening occasion150 Ekal villages were adopted by the members.

Prof. Manjushree was the main speaker. Sri S.N. Bandhu National President, BLSP and Dr. Nand Kishore Garg also spoke on this occasion. Sri Naresh Jain, Treasurer,BLSP welcomed every body and the vote of thanks was given by Sri G.D. Goel, General Secretary of the Parishad.

The inaugural session ended with devotional songs sung by Sri Pankaj Jeswani and his daughter Susree Vandana. All the guests enjoyed wonderful lunch.

 

Pious beginning of Gaudhan Scheme


Gaudhan Scheme of Ekal Vidyalaya started on 07.09.2008 at Bhimchandi village in Rohania Sanch of Varanasi Anchal under the supervision of Bharat Lok Shiksha Parishad. Desi Gaudhan was distributed to the 4 Karyakartas of the Sanch in the noble presence of Sri Satya Narayan Bandhu ji, National President, BLSP, Sri Naresh Jain, National Treasurer, S.P. Agarwal, Member, Sri K.E.N. Raghawan, Central Village Development I/C-cum-Planning Chief and other dignitaries.

The programme was inaugurated by Sri Naresh Jain with the lighting of Lamp. Sri K.E.N. Raghawan, the key Speaker, threw light on the importance of Gaudhan Scheme and unveiled the economic gains to be derived therefrom to the Karyakartas. He told that the bio-gas, manure, Amrit Jal, Insecticides and Panch Gavya medicine made from the cow dung and ‘Gomutra’ of one cow has the capacity to generate 15 to 25 thousand rupees in a year. Sri Satya Narayan Bandhu told that the objective of the scheme is to enable the Karyakartas to get benefited economically and the cow should remain protected in the village.

The programme was presided over by Dr. Narendra Pratap Singh and the invitees were welcomed and introduced by Sri Moti Lal Gandhi, Organizing Secretary of BLSP, Kashi Chapter while the vote of thanks was given by Sri Sant Lal Kesari, Vice President. The programme was organized by Sri Jay Prakash, Abhiyan Pramukh, Kashi Chapter and the distribution of Gaudhan was arranged by Sri Dhanush Dhari and Sri Kamlesh Kumar, Village Development Trainer. Sri Suresh Deshpande, Kendriya Vyavastha Prabhari of Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India, Sri Uday Pratap Singh, Kendriya Jagran Prashikshak, Sri Brij Mohan Mittal, Member of Kendriya Ekal Prashikshan Toli, many dignatories of Kashi Anchal, Office Bearers of Rohaniya Sanch and Raja Talab Sankul besides a number of Karyakartas of Kshetra Toli and Anchal Toli of Kashi were present on this auspicious occasion.

 

Growing Woman Participation in Ekal Abhiyan


Mahila Samiti of FTS  Jabalpur  Launched
Under the dynamic leadership of Dr. Rajni Gupta, one of the leading dentists of the city, a strong Mahila Team has been formed to support the FTS Jabalpur chapter in its endeavor.

The Chapter President Sri Naresh Grover and his team organized the proper public function to formally launch the Mahila Samiti on 12th August 2008, at Hotel Satya Ashoka's Conference Hall.

The function was well attended by nearly 200 people out of which 50% were ladies. The audience cheered the newly selected members of the women wing of FTS Jabalpur.

Prof. Manjushree, the national Org. Sec. of Ekal Sansthan, Delhi was the main speaker. She emphasized the role of women in Ekal Abhiyan. Right from grass route to the global level, Women are energetic, potential, self sufficient and are willing to take up service Oriented works of Ekal. The motivational and rational appeal of the speaker was well taken by many present there who offered their support to help FTS spontaneously.

Dr. Rajni, President Mahila Samiti and Smt. Sunita Bajoria, Sec. of the Samiti also spoke on the occasion. They announced the immediate target of Mahila Samiti to contact 600 families through Seva-Patra Scheme and thus reaching the Ekal Mission to those families.

Sri Hemant Mod, Advocate, produced the progress report of the Chapter. Sri Sudhir Gugalia gave vote of thanks.

The function ended with free interaction among all the invitees while enjoying high Tea.

 

Ekal Global Learning (EGL) Tour 2009


Ekal Global Learning (EGL) is an annual programme specially designed for NRI volunteers of Ekal Movement to help them personally experience ground realities of Ekal work on the field. It is meticulously planned for them to get compact and ‘on the spot’ learning of Ekal Systems. EGL will be organized from 7th to 11th January, 2009 in South India.

This year the EGL Tour is scheduled (as given below) for incredible part of India - Karnataka, Kerala and Tamilnadu where the Life moves at a serene pace. These beautiful states make for a rich and colourful study for any anthropologist.

You are cordially invited to plan your vacation in India along with your relative ones.

The Cost will be app Rs.15,000/- ( 10% less or more) per person.

For more, please write to us at sangitaagupta@gmail.com or contact at - 91-11-09811076073.

DATE  VENUE  PROGRAMME 
7th Jan.09 Bangalore
Welcome by Bangalore Chapter and leave for Mysore at 4.30 PM
 

8th Jan.09 Mysore Welcome by Anchal Samiti. 11.30 A.M. leave for H.D. Kote
 
Lunch with Sankul Samiti and School visit
 

9th Jan.09 Wayanad
After breakfast leave for Wayanad. Lunch at Ambalavayal at
 
1.00 PM with Sanch Samiti and School visit
 

10th Jan.09 Masinakudi
After breakfast leave for Masinakudi. Visit wildlife sanctuary,
 
project tiger and Ekal School visit
 

11th Jan.09 Coimbtore Leave for Ooty at 8.00 am and breakfast at Ooty.
 
Lunch with FTS Coimbtore,
 
Departure after 4.00 pm

 

Sri Sachin Subhedar and his wife Smt. Sai from USA visit Ekal Vidyalaya


"Vanyatra, I believe, leaves a deep impression on the minds of young and old alike. The connection with our roots is almost instant and immensely gratifying. Such love and passion in the interior most of our heartland always moves the Van Yatris. Our experience was no different. But what shook us and cemented our commitment to Ekal Movement was a small gesture by the tiny tots. The school that we visited (Mathni near Panderkawda, Yavalmal MAH) was an evening school. After the arithmetic and linguistic classes and prayer, me and my wife distributed small gifts of school supplies and sweets. Nothing can beat the happiness of seeing little kids devour sweets with relish and we were anticipating just that. However no one touched their sweet. The teacher explained that everyone had come from the fields directly to school and had not chanted the 'Bhojan Mantra'! Such Sanskars cannot be taught in a day or a week and children cannot fake Sanskars. Can our kids do the same? I doubt it. We saluted the teacher for her dedication and could say no more. In urban and overseas life we see prosperity abound. Yet we forget to thank God even for the food we get. I consider it my privilege to have visited the school and see those children. I consider it my privilege to be part of ekal Movement. I need Ekal much more than Ekal will ever need me."

Regards
Sachin

 

Smt. Ranju Verma & Kumari Aradhana Verma from USA visit Ekal Vidyalaya


Smt. Ranju Verma & Kumari Aradhana Verma, NRI from USA visited Ekal Vidyalaya Schools in Ooty Anchal of Tamilnadu from 5th to 7th August, 2008.

 

Ekal updates - Ekal Vidyalaya


Current: Number of Ekal Schools: 27,114 Number of Children: 813,420

 

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